SA trio win League in Belarus, but disappointing weekend overall

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Banyana Banyana star Thembi Kgatlana made her debut in Spain while compatriot Linda Motlhalo was on the winning side again in Sweden with Djurgarden in a very disappointing weekend for most South Africans abroad.

LINDA MOTLHALO
Banyana Banyana midfielder Linda Motlhalo played the entire 90 minutes for Swedish Damallsvenskan side Djurgarden IF as they beat Vaxjo 2-1 in the league on Saturday afternoon. The win sees Djurgaden move up to 7th on the league standings.

THEMBI KGATLANA

The former Women African Footballer of the Year finally made her much-awaited debut for Eibar in the Spanish Primera Liga. The 24-year-old came on after 69 minutes as Eibar beat Real Betis 1-0 at home. Kgatlana recently joined Eibar from Portuguese top-flight side Benfica and the attacker will be happy with a winning start.

LARS VELDWIJK

Veldwijk is a man on form in South Korea with the striker having scored three goals in his last three games. This weekend the former Sparta Rotterdam man continued his form with an assist as FC Suwon defeated Ansan Greeners 4-0 in the league on Saturday afternoon.

This win leaves Suwon in second place on the log with 45 points from the 22 games played so far in the Korean K-League 2 division.

KGAOGELO CHAUKE

The 17-year-old made a cameo appearance for Southampton U-23 as they fell to a 2-1 defeat away at Tottenham Hotspur in the English Premier League 2.

KHANYA LESHABELA

Leshabela played yet another 90 minutes for Leicester City U-23 as their poor form continued in the league, this time the ‘young foxes’ fell to a 2-1 defeat at Derby County.

SIYABONGA LIGENDZA

The teenager lasted the whole 90 minutes for Cardiff City U-18 and scored his second goal of the season as Cardiff let a 2-1 lead slip going on to lose 3-2 at home against Watford.

LUTHER SINGH

Just a few hours after receiving his Bafana Bafana call up the winger was in action for Pacos de Ferreira as they took a trip to Vitoria Guimaraes in the Primeira Liga on Friday night.

Singh lasted the whole game, but couldn’t help Ferreira avoid a 1-0 defeat on the day courtesy of a last-minute penalty by Andre Andre

THIBANG PHETE

The new Bafana Bafana recruitee started and played yet another 90 minutes for Lisbon-based SAD Belenenses as they drew 0-0 away at newly-promoted Nacional in the Portuguese Primeira Liga on Sunday evening.

THABO CELE

SA U-23 international midfielder Thabo Cele was introduced after half time for Cova Di Piedade as they conceded two quick goals late in the second half to lose 2-0 against Arouca in the Portuguese Segunda Liga.

KOBAMELO KODISANG

In his first appearance of the season, the 21-year-old came on as a 63rd-minute substitute to score a goal as Braga B thumped Vilaverdense 4-1 in the Portuguese Campeonato encounter on Sunday afternoon.

BONGANI ZUNGU

Bafana Bafana midfielder Bongani Zungu got his first start of the season and lasted 83 minutes for SC Amiens as they lost 1-0 away at Caen in the French Ligue 2 on Saturday afternoon. Zungu recently returned to the team after being frozen out by coach Luka Elsner amidst rumours linking him with a move away from the club.

PERCY TAU

It wasn’t a happy return to the Jan Breydel Stadium for Bafana Bafana international Percy Tau as Anderlecht were thumped 3-0 by reigning champions Club Brugge in the Belgian Pro League on Sunday afternoon.

Tau played 90 minutes under tough conditions with fans booing the former Mamelodi Sundowns attacker.

GEORGE LEBESE & LEBO MOLOTO

FC Tulsa midfielder Lebo Moloto was tasked with man-marking his compatriot George Lebese in the USL Championship with Tulsa defeating Colorado Springs Switchbacks 2-0 in the league on Sunday morning. Both South Africans lasted the entire 90 minutes of the encounter with Moloto having the bragging rights on the day.

LIAM JORDAN

Former Bidvest Wits attacker Liam Jordan lasted the whole 90 minutes, but he couldn’t help Danish 1st division side HB Koge avoid a 3-0 thumping against Fremad Amager at home.

LUKE LE ROUX & KEANIN AYER

Both 20-year-olds were in action for Swedish Allsvenskan side Varberhs BoIS who probably feel they should have won against Goteborg having controlled most parts of the game away from home. Le Roux played the entire game while Ayer came on after 46 minutes as Varbergs BoIS lost 1-0 on the day. Their compatriot Tashreeq Matthews was not in the matchday squad.

BANTU MZWAKALI

The former Ajax Cape Town midfielder started and lasted 83 minutes for IK Brage as they thumped Orygyte 3-1 in the Swedish Superettan. Brage now sit 6th on the log with 32 points from 22 games played so far in the Swedish second tier.

KAMOHELO MOKOTJO

Free State-born midfielder Kamohelo ‘General’ Mokotjo finally made his MLS debut for FC Cincinnati coming on late in the second half, but couldn’t help Cincinnati avoid a 2-0 defeat to Minnesota in their encounter on Saturday morning. Mokotjo has been given the number 15 jersey for the season as he looks to do what he does best.

RICARDO SCHUTTE

The 22-year-old led the front line for Spanish second-tier side CD Mirandes playing 90 minutes as they lost 1-0 against Ponferradina in the Segunda Liga on Saturday evening.

NB: FARPost would once again like to congratulate Bafana Bafana trio Bambanani Mbane, Rhoda Mulaudzi and Lebohang Ramalepe for winning the Belarusian Premier League with Dinamo Minsk.

By Prince Sobayeni 

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